TOWARD A STAGE THEORY OF URBAN GROWTH

THEORISTS OF URBAN GROWTH FALL GENERALLY INTO ONE OF TWO APPROACHES. ONE GROUP STARTS WITH THE REGION AND BREAKS IT DOWN INTO SUBAREAS, THE OTHER BEGINS WITH INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AND ATTEMPTS TO DERIVE URBAN STRUCTURE FROM THEIR WANTS AND INTERACTIONS. THE TWO APPROACHES APPARENTLY HAVE NO MEETING GROUND IN THE PLANNING PROCESS, AS ZONING AND HIGHWAY ACTIONS MAY IGNORE THE IMPACT ON FAMILIES, WHILE AMELIORISTS TEND TO IGNORE STRONG SYSTEMATIC TRENDS. TAKING HIS STARTING POINTS IN THE WORK OF HOOVER AND VERNON, WALLACE SMITH, AND JAY FORRESTER, THE AUTHOR DEVELOPS A STAGE THEORY TO CONSIDER PHYSICAL CHANGES IN INDIVIDUAL NEIGHBORHOODS AND POPULATION MOVEMENTS THROUGH NEIGHBORHOODS. THE THEORY IS EMPIRICALLY VERIFIED FOR THE NEW HAVEN SMSA, RELYING ON A COMPLETE PRETEST OF THE 1970 CENSUS CONDUCTED IN NEW HAVEN IN 1967. PARTICULAR ATTENTION IS GIVEN TO THE MOVEMENT OF BLACKS WITHIN THE REGION. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 37, No 2, PP 78-87, 5 FIG, 7 TAB, 8 REF, APP
  • Authors:
    • Birch, D L
  • Publication Date: 1971-3

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  • Accession Number: 00240666
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1971 12:00AM